I’ve mentioned before the unbelievable and powerful moments when a resident’s parent thanks me/our team for the new life her daughter has started because of her time at Naomi’s House. I still feel this sense of shock and humility when another mom looks me in the eyes and says, “Thank you for giving me my daughter back.” This happened just a few weeks ago at another(!!) NH graduation. I was overwhelmed, once again, by the 12-month journey one of our women just completed. She entered NH shy and meek, unsure of herself and a bit of a skeptic. Although she was liked by everyone from day one, I think it’s safe to say that she didn’t really like herself. But over her time in our program, that slowly and beautifully changed. I was particularly struck during her graduation speech how FUNNY she was! The sparkle in her eye, the wit in her voice, the confidence in her walk – all signs of healing and overcoming. As we were wrapping up the celebration, our graduate, her mom, and her tween-age daughter sat in a circle laughing and sharing stories of what the last 12 months had been like. They were dreaming about what’s next and celebrating that they were a family again. Can you even stand it!? A family was repaired and THREE generations of women were impacted because of God’s redemptive heart and the power of the gospel.
Not long after this graduation, another resident at NH said she also recognized that her family was going through some repairs. She said, “My mom said to me, ‘I can see the glow in you – you are actually taking the time to heal. I’m so proud of you and you are reaching the potential I’ve always known you had.’ That felt so good to hear from my mom.” Even a grown woman likes and needs to hear from her mom that she is proud of her daughter. With that reassurance from her mom, she was motivated to keep working hard and make a new life for herself. She continued on, “I don’t want to be judged for healing. We’re safe now – it’s ok to let go now. I have more battles to fight and win. Let’s do it.”
We are so proud of these women and the hard work they put into healing. As you can see, they aren’t just simply healing from a solo event of human trafficking. They have a lifetime of trauma that they are working through. Both of these women have overcome substance abuse addiction. Both have experienced loss and abuse and homelessness and violence. They’ve both been betrayed by people who were supposed to protect them. And now they are bringing an end to generational abuse, setting a new culture for their families, and demonstrating to their children how a surrendered life to Jesus will bring new life.
Thanks to financial partners, prayer warriors, volunteers, mentors, and more, we are working together to equip women like these two to become all that God intends them to be: Reconcilers. Trailblazers. Leaders. Influencers. Amazing, right?!